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Summary Of The New 2014 CA Labor Laws
The following is a summary of the new Labor Laws, most of which will take effect on January 1, 2014:
- The current $8-an-hour state minimum wage will increase to $9 on July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016.
- The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will provide overtime wages for certain in-home workers, such as personal attendants for the sick, disabled and elderly.
- The laws requiring meal and rest periods will be extended to require “recovery” periods taken to prevent heat illness.
- Employers will be required to pay actual damages to employees for minimum wage violations in addition to penalties and interest.
- Employers will be banned from retaliating or taking any adverse action against workers who assert their rights, such as complaining about wage theft. A civil penalty of up to $10,000 per employee may be imposed per violation.
- Employees can file a lien on an employers’ real property if they don’t pay fines or back wages ordered by the state labor commissioner.
- Employees will be protected from retaliation when filing a report against their Employers alleging a violation of wage and hour laws.
- Employers will be prohibited from threatening to contact immigration authorities after a worker files a formal complaint about an alleged violation of wage and overtime requirements.
- Employees may seek to suspend or revoke an employer’s business license for reporting — or threatening to report — to federal law enforcement a worker’s immigration status.
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